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LASTMA Sues 146 Traffic Violators in Mobile Court

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The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has charged 146 traffic offenders.

The offenders were brought before a Lagos (mobile) Environmental and Special Offenses Court for several traffic violations committed in August 2022.

LASTMA General Manager Bolaji Oreagba announced this on Saturday in a press release signed by the agency’s Director of Public Affairs, Adebayo Taofiq.

The statement quoted Oreagba as saying: “…77 violators are being prosecuted for one-way street, 5 for intentional obstruction, 5 for illegal parking, 2 for unpainted commercial vehicle, 5 for illegal overtaking, 4 for driving on walkways/curbs, 6 among others for BRT obstacles, 10 for reckless and dangerous driving, 4 for picking up/dropping off passengers at undesignated bus stops and 5 for disobeying traffic wardens.

“As part of our feedback mechanism, we attended and resolved several motorist complaints through our hotlines and social media.
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“It is disheartening that despite the state government’s vigorous information and advocacy campaign through various media, including online awareness raising, about the dangers inherent in ignoring traffic rules and regulations, some unruly drivers are still concerned about the safety of other road users in Lagos. Endangering roads.”

The statement added: “The chief executive also revealed that all those charged by the Lagos Mobile Court Agency were found ‘guilty’ after strong image and video evidence provided by LASTMA’s prosecution team.

“While all road users, including bus drivers, are being urged to drive with caution at all times, especially during these ‘Ember Months’, Oreagba announced that LASTMA will continue to strengthen its monitoring and enforcement team to arrest traffic offenders.

“Also, LASTMA’s Director of Legal Department, Mr. Akerele Kehinde Oseni, maintained that the prosecution of the arrested owners/drivers of the 146 vehicles for various traffic violations will act as a deterrent to other unruly road users.

“However, Akerele informed that the 146 seized vehicles were later released to their respective owners after verifying receipts of their fine payment with other relevant documents.”

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